Medallion snakes: Tenne and Or

Tenne Model (left):

  • Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Mello by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 5” x 9” (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 73 x 129

  • Stitched 2 over 2.

Or Model (right):

  • Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Swamp by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 5” x 9” (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 71 x 125

  • Stitched 2 over 2.


  • DMC

  • Threadworx

These designs can be stitched in any color thread on any color cloth. They require approximately 11 yards of thread each.

About the design:

This past summer, I was invited by the Kansas Herpetological Society to put on a mini art show at our annual meeting in November. The society is devoted to the scientific study of reptiles and amphibians, so I thought it might be nice to include some designs in the new ‘signet’ series. I was playing around with different ideas for how to do snakes and struck on the concept of using ‘medallions’, a series of circles containing different patterns inside. The ‘medallions’ I came up with are totally creations from the often jumbled depths of my mind and have no meaning beyond their aesthetic appeal.

These first two designs are named for heraldic colors. In medieval times, heraldic devices were used to identify people and all the colors, motifs, and their positions in the design had meaning. ‘Tenné’, the name of the first snake, is a tawny orange color and can mean “meek”, while ‘Or’ is metallic gold and can mean “generous”.

Released in 2010